April 2nd, 2020
We Can All Play Our Part

We are currently in the throes of the Covid-19 Pandemic, and across the country we are witnessing our colleagues in the NHS working tirelessly and risking their own health to care for, treat and save the lives of those suffering with this terrible virus. We are seeing stadiums and conference centres being transformed into makeshift hospitals and we have all been asked to stay at home to save lives and reduce the pressure on the NHS.


As a result of the COVID19 related travel restrictions, we saw fewer vehicles on the road but we also witnessed a dramatic increase in vehicle speeds; with one motorcyclist captured travelling at a speed of 107mph! Now, more than ever, we need to ensure our roads are safe so that essential travel can be done safely and with a reduced risk of collisions and injuries.


By driving within the legal speed limit, wearing our seatbelts, not using our mobile phones whilst we drive and paying attention to our surroundings, we can all play our part. Not only will we be reducing the risk to ourselves and other road users; but we will also be helping to reduce the pressure on our NHS and policing colleagues and allow them to focus on caring for the patients suffering with Covid-19.


If you see a GoSafe van enforcing at a location anywhere in Wales during this pandemic, they are not there to make money or to capture key workers on their way to work as some have been claiming on social media. They are in these key locations because there have been reports of excessive speeding, which raises the risk of a collision which could result in serious injury or death. Our aim is to reduce road casualties and deaths on the roads of Wales, but we need your help to keep our roads safe.


GoSafe are also playing our part through this pandemic by supporting our colleagues across the four forces. We have been delivering essential protective equipment in Dyfed-Powys with staff and officers from Gwent supporting NHS testing centres by operating CCTV and keeping staff safe; and have offered to support the national effort against Covid-19 in whichever way we can.


If you have to use the road network for essential travel, remember that by driving to the legal speed limit, wearing your seatbelt, not using your mobile phone and being aware of your surroundings you will be playing your part in keeping our roads safe for everyone!

Thursday, 02 April 2020